Crescent has taken their Flip and Grip wrench to a new level to create a new Flip and Grip multi-tool. The new multi-tool features a tried-and-true self-adjusting ratcheting wrench design, a partially serrated knife blade, and a couple of additional tools.
The wrench can fit a range of fasteners, from 3/8″ to 5/8″, and not just standard hex fasteners – it can fit spline and E-Torx fasteners, as well as wing nuts, eye bolts, and other odd-shaped sizes and styles.
Additional tools and functions include a Phillips #2 screwdriver, a medium (3/16″) slotted screwdriver, a combination can opener, bottle opener, and V-groove wire stripper, and a lanyard ring. The knife blade and tools are all made from stainless steel, except for the adjustable wrench head, which seems to be coated with a black corrosion-resistant finish.
Everything folds into the tool, nice and neat for portability.
Here’s a quick promo video that shows off the tool:
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I have very mixed feelings about the Crescent Flip and Grip wrench multi-tool design. At first glance, it looks a little big, maybe even bulky, and possibly uncomfortable to hold. How are you supposed to use that knife blade with that handle shape?
The wrench can only work with fasteners 3/8″ to 5/8″, which means it only offers 1/4″ of adjustability. It’s still going to be fit a wide range of fasteners, and many users might never need it to access larger or smaller sized fasteners, but I think a wider range would make the design a little more welcoming, at least to me. Then again, a wider adjustment range would mean physically larger components.
Kobalt’s similar multi-tool wrench design has the wrench head on one side, and a utility knife on the other. That seems like a more ergonomic arrangement, and it only costs $10. But with the Kobalt version you don’t get the additional tools.
I see the utility in this tool, and think it might be well suited as the kind of multi-tool you keep in the car or a kitchen drawer. It packs a decent assortment of tools into a compact package. Maybe if I give it a chance it’ll grow on me.